Where to stay in Killarney Lakeside setting

Where to stay in Killarney Lakeside setting

Where to stay in Killarney, 12th Century Castle on the grounds

Where to stay in Killarney? Location, Location, Location !!!

Where to stay, we recommend the Lake Hotel where Room rates are competitive.

There are many reasons to stay in Killarney because of its great location and easy access to the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Gap of Dunloe, Beara Peninsula, The Killarney National Park and so much more. It is an ideal stopover and we would also recommend adding at least an extra day here on your Vacation.

When it comes to Where to stay in Killarney the Lake Hotel offers the following

Ten Reasons to stay at the Lake Hotel:

  1. True Irish hospitality from an Irish  family running hotels for 4 Generations
  2. Location, Location, Location more spectacular scenery (top image) in Killarney and Kerry
  3. Situated on the Ring of Kerry adjoining and looking on the Killarney National park
  4. Four-Star luxury with free internet, Outdoor Hot Tub, Free Parking and great walks on the Grounds.
  5. Friendly staff and efficient service, a choice of two Lake View Restaurants.
  6. The Lake Hotel is a Hub for the following to name a few: Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Skellig’s Boat Trip, Killarney National Park, Golf Courses, Horse Riding, Cycling, Walking and anything Outdoors.
  7. Nature on your doorstep and Wildlife not seen by any other Hotel in Ireland, Eagles + Native Red Deer can be seen here, especially the Red Deer.
  8. There is a 12th Century Floodlit Castle on the Grounds and Muckross Abbey is a one-mile walk into the National park.
  9. Relaxing Lounges, Library and Meeting rooms for group briefings.
  10. Photographers dream. Come and see the Views.

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Killarney Restaurants

Killarney Lake Hotel Restaurants

Where to stay in Killarney

Where to stay in Killarney what a view

Killarney Hotel Hot tub

Killarney Hotel Hot tub

Where to stay in Killarney, on the Ring of Kerry, the Lake Hotel is situated on the Ring and you could say the Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel. We also have easy access to the Killarney National Park on our doorstep. Muckross Abbey is a short 1.5 km walk from the hotel and the McCarthy Mor Castle is 150 m from the Hotel and is floodlit at night.

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Arbutus in Killarney

Arbutus in Killarney

Arbutus in Killarney

Arbutus can be seen in abundance near Muckross House and also at the Meeting of the Waters. The best time to see it in its glory is in September, October and early November each year. It is a very colourful plant and well worth a view while talking in the beautiful scenery in the Killarney National. Killarney has many beautiful walks, here we are going to recommend the Reenadinna Yew woods and the Mossy Woods walks. Two beautiful walks and idea in all weather and its the Mossy wood walk alone the Muckross Lake where you will see plenty of Arbutus growing.

Map of the Arbutus Walk …………..

We started the walk from the Dundag Carpark, to find this carpark drive into Muckross House and before you meet the bend in the road there is a quiet road down to the left. Here you can drive right down to the end where you will find this car park. You can also go from the Muckross house car park.

Arbutus in Killarney

Arbutus in Killarney

If you are in Killarney in October along with the Arbutus being worth a visit so too is the annual “Deer Rut” of mating season for the deer.

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The “Big Gun” Mountain in Kerry

The “Big Gun” Mountain in Kerry

The “Big Gun” Mountain in Kerry

Climbing the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks there are many beautiful peaks but the “Big Gun” stands out for its unique position between the Grotto on Cruach Mhor and Cnoc na Peiste. These are among the highest peaks in Ireland, looking across the Hags Glen you can see Carrauntoohil the highest in Ireland and Beenkeragh the second highest in the Reeks.

The Big Gun

The Big Gun

The “Big Gun” may be the ninth highest peak in Ireland but this peak is not for the fainthearted, it is a very exposed ridge leading to it and leaving it which ever side you approach it. It is not for climbers with average experience and should be avoided in bad weather when exposed to wind, rain and snow, it can also be very slippery in bad conditions. It is best climbed in fine weather and with a local Guide.

Video 20th of September 2020

The Big Gun Kerry

The Big Gun Kerry Mountains

From the Eastern Ridge walk on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks you have great views of Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh Mountains.

Carrauntoohil

Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh

 

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What to do in Killarney in 2021

What to do in Killarney in 2021

What to do in Killarney in 2021

 

2020 was a strange year for all of us, we are now looking at 2021, let us take a look how we can enjoy some experiences in Killarney that will help us forget the negative side of 2020.

Why Killarney ?

The main reason is the space, the Great Outdoors it has to offer yet providing great options for accommodation, from camping to the top hotels.

Innisfallen Abbey Killarney

Innisfallen Abbey Killarney

Like most areas in Ireland they will be creating social distancing and the same is true in Killarney but then we feel Killarney has an advantage, its such a competitive town anyway each business will be doing their best to make your vacation in Killarney so memorable and that you feel safe.

Here are some fantastic places you can visit around Killarney:

Killarney

Many of these can be reached by Driving and walking a short distance or by Walking and cycling from your accommodation.

  • Muckross Abbey
  • Torc Waterfall
  • Dinis Cottage Tearooms very spacious
  • Meeting of the Waters
  • Muckross House and Gardens
  • Ross Castle
  • The Old Copper Mines
  • Killarney House
  • Deenagh house tea room
Dinis Cottage Killarney

Dinis Cottage Killarney

By Bike / e-bike

  1. Muckross & Dinis 17km
  2. Knockreer, Ross Castle, Copper Mines, Governor’s Rock and Library Point
  3. The Gap of Dunloe & a beautiful Boat trip
  4. Muckross Abbey, House & Gardens along with Torc Waterfall
Cycling in Killarney

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Amazing places by Boat

  • Innisfallen Island & Abbey, they say Brian Boru High King of Ireland was educated here.
  • O’Sullivan’s Cascade
  • Glena House
  • Muckross House & Dinis Cottage
  • Lord Brandons Cottage

Walking Trails in Killarney

  • Torc Mountain
  • Old Kenmare road
  • Mossy woods
  • Muckross & Dinis
  • Blue Pool
  • Ross Castle and the Copper Mines to Library Point
  • Muckross Gardens
  • Old Boathouse and Dundag Beach walk
Old Boathouse Walk

Old Boathouse Walk

Horse Riding in Killarney

  • Great Trails in the Killarney National Park from Killarney Riding stables

Killarney has many Bike rentals, Camping sites, Guest houses, Hotels, outdoor seating that have very spacious areas so you can feel safe in 2020. The town of Killarney is open for Business and welcoming visitors back this summer.

Killarney is the Gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry

Here are just a few of the many great spots outside Killarney to visit in 2020

  • The Gap of Dunloe
  • The Kerry Cliffs
  • Slea Head
  • Rossbeigh Beach
  • Inch Beach
  • The Skellig Chocolate Factory
  • Valentia Island
  • Drive around Caragh Lake

Activities in Kerry, so many to mention here are a few

  • Great Golf Courses
  • Driving the Ring of Kerry & the Skellig Ring
  • Cycling
  • Mountain climbing
  • Fishing
  • boating
  • Kayaking & Water Sports
  • Falconry
  • Surfing
  • Whale Watching

 

 

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E-Bikes in Killarney

E-Bikes in Killarney

E-Bikes in Killarney

E-bikes are now available in Killarney and are a great way to enjoy even more of the beautiful scenery Killarney has to offer.

Killarney Bike Rental now offers E-bikes along the other bikes available.

  • E-bikes
  • Mountain Bikes for the Gap of Dunloe
  • Killarney National park bikes
  • Kids bikes and trailers
  • Ring of Kerry Bikes 27-speed hybrid touring bikes ideal for longer cycles

The E-bikes available have the following specification:

Easy E-bikes include:

  • Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
  • Shift levers: Shimano 7 speed
  • Rear derailleur: Altus 7 speed
  • Motor: Bosch Active Line
  • Battery: Bosch Power Pack Frame Mount 300Wh, 36V
  • Display: Bosch Purion
  • Range: up to 148km from Eco mode

 

 

 

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Killarney & Kerry Images

Killarney & Kerry Images

Killarney & Kerry Images

Here are some random images and locations from Killarney and Kerry this year

Killarney Deer

Red Deer at the McCarthy Mór Castle on the grounds of the Lake Hotel

Dingle beaches

Clogher Strand in Dingle, one of the best beaches in Ireland to watch big waves

Paddle Boarding in Killarney

Paddle Surfer near the Lake Hotel in Killarney

Ring of Kerry Beaches

12th Century Derrynane Abbey on the Ring of Kerry

Slea Head Dingle

Near Slea Head and Coumennole Beach on the Dingle Peninsula

Skelligs from the Ring of Kerry

Skelligs from the main Ring of Kerry road between Waterville and Caherdaniel

Derrynane House Ring of Kerry

Derrynane House on the Ring of Kerry

Red Deer Killarney

Red Deer in the Killarney National park

Tech Amergin Monument Waterville

Tech Amergin Monument in Waterville on the Ring of Kerry

Kite Surfing in Kerry

Kite Surfing in Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry

Ogham Stone Caherdaniel

Derrynane Ogham Stone near the Ring of Kerry

Kerry Gaa flag

Kerry Flag, Storm Clouds brewing for 2020 GAA Football season in the “Kingdom of Kerry”.

 

Ring of Kerry Ireland from Vacation Killarney on Vimeo.

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Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Take a trip into the Killarney National park to see our Native Red Deer herds.

You can see Red Deer in Killarney all year round but for us, the best times are in the late Spring for calving and most spectacular in the Autumn for the Annual “Deer Rut”. The best time to observe the Deer Rut is generally the second week in October each year. If you are patient or lucky you will be able to see great battles between rival Stags and guaranteed to hear the ghost-like sounds around the Lakes of Killarney and the National park.

One of the best ways to get around is by foot for the Mountain Woods, or by Cycling in the low lands of the National park. One of the easiest places is to visit Knockreer estate opposite Saint Mary’s Cathedral at the bottom of New Street. Here there is parking of if you are walking its a short walk if you are cycling even quicker. There is a large herd of Deer always present in this part of the National park.

In the Muckross House area of the National park, there are also quite a few herds of Native Deer to be seen and one herd present most of the time right across from the entrance to Muckross House.

More herds can also be found in fields on the Torc Mountain side of Muckross House along with a few herds on Mangerton Mountain and on the Old Kenmare road behind Torc Mountain.

Red Deer in Killarney

Red Deer in Killarney

 

Red Deer in Killarney by the Lake Hotel

Red Deer in Killarney by the Lake Hotel

Tuan the King of the Deer

Tuan the King of the Deer

“Tuan” the King of the Deer a name give to the Stag who wins the “Rut” battles in Castlelough each year, it is an old Irish name given to a Stag the Fianna gave free passage to. Tuan had magical powers and could transform into a Wild Boar and an Eagle.

 

If you like Photography we would recommend a 200 mm zoom lens minimum and remember its best to keep your distance and not hassle the Deer.

Killarney Red Deer at the Lake Hotel

Deer in Killarney

Red Mountain Deer Killarney

Red Mountain Deer Killarney

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Top things to do in Killarney

Top things to do in Killarney

What to do in KILLARNEY, TOP 30 THINGS TO DO

Killarney in the Center of County Kerry and a great base to visit everything worthwhile, here are our Top Things to do in Killarney.

Our new Video will make you want to stay extra days in Killarney enjoy!

1. The first Top things to do in Killarney is a visit to Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and finish with a Beer or Lakeside Cocktail at the Lake Hotel it will be a great start to your visit to Killarney.

2. Drive the Ring of Kerry and Visit Valentia Island, the Kerry Cliffs and the Skellig Chocolate Factory and so much more to see.

3. Visit Muckross House and the National Park, Cycle or Walk

4. Cycle the Gap of Dunloe and Boat 13 miles on three Lakes back to Killarney.

5. Play Golf at Killarney, Ballybunion, Ring of Kerry or Waterville.

6. Visit the http://www.celticsteps.ie/ Traditional Music and Dance

7. Drive the Dingle Peninsula, Swim with a wild Dolphin, magnificent scenery!

8. Take a Jaunting Car ride in the National Park.

9. Climb Ireland’s Highest Mountain  Carrauntuohil 3,414 feet. (Not Alone or take a Guide!!)

10.  Surf the Atlantic Waves at Brandon Bay or at Inch Beach or the Reefs.

11. Visit the Lake Hotel for a relaxing drink overlooking Castle, Lakes and Mountains.

12. Drive to Healy Pass and the Beara Peninsula.

13. Dive in The Gulf Stream and experience some of the best Diving in the World !!!!!

14. Fish on the Lakes of Killarney with your own Ghillie or just take a tour on the Lake

15. Do a Pub Crawl in Killarney Town more than 40 pubs in 400-yard radius 🙂

16. Dine out in one of the many fine Restaurants in Killarney

17. Walk some of the Kerry Way walking Trails

18. Visit old Abbey’s and Castles walking distance from the Lake Hotel in Killarney.

19. Shopping in Killarney is a must before you leave Killarney.

20. Kiss the Blarney Stone

21. Visit Crag Caves in Castleisland

22. Walk on the most Magnificent Beach in the world at Derrynane

23. Boat and walk on Garnish Island

24. Drive to Gleanntassig park on the Dingle Peninsula and fish for Rainbow Trout

25. Visit the Hermits Hut & Well on Torc Mountain.

26. Soak in the Outdoor Hot tub at the Lake Hotel

27. Have for a cool beer/drink after soaking in the outdoor Hot Tub

28. Take a top-class show an Ireland’s National Event Centre (INEC)

29. See the Muckross Traditional Farms and how country life was in the 1920s

30. Soak in the atmosphere Killarney has to offer tourists to our Magnificent Town

31. View the newly reintroduced White Tailed Sea Eagles in the Killarney National Park and on the Lakes of Killarney.

32. Try the New Lakeside Bistro & Vegetarian / Vegan Menu overlooking the 12th Century Castle and the Lakes of Killarney

33. Boat trip to the Skellig Rock, 5th. Century Monastic settlement 700 feet up just amazing

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Walking in Killarney

Walking in Killarney

Walking in Killarney

Top 10 Walks in Killarney

Walking in Killarney is a magical experience, its natural beauty endless pathways and trails you can walk for hours and most walks are loop walks so they bring you back to where you started. Here are some examples of fantastic walks in Killarney to get you going

1. Walks around the Muckross Lake, Muckross Abbey, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House, Bricin Bridge, Dinis Cottage Tearooms, Meeting of the Waters & Torc Waterfall. (10 miles) Map & More ….  (loop)

2. Ross Castle and the Mining Trail Walking at Ross Castle Killarney is a magical experience where you can follow the Mining Trail and walks on Ross Island 1 – 6 miles. (loop)

3. The Gap of Dunloe

4. O’Sullivan’s Cascade

5. Walk the Old Kenmare Road late September & October enjoy the Red Deer Rutting, expect loud bellowing early morning late evenings are the best time.Friars Walk Killarney

6. Derrychunnihy (near Ladies View) to Lord Brandon’s Cottage

7. Walks around the Muckross Lake, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & Torc Waterfall

8. Knockreer House & Gardens and walking trails and now open Killarney House.

9. Blue Pool Walking Trails (loop)

10. Devil’s Bit and Trails on Mangerton / Torc

Walking in Killarney

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Gap of Dunloe Killarney

Gap of Dunloe Killarney

The Gap of Dunloe Killarney

An Adventure and a real outdoor experience you will never forget “The Gap of Dunloe”
We decided to cycle the through Gap of Dunloe after hearing it was a special thing to do in Killarney.
We rented our bikes from David at the Killarney Bike rental at Flesk Caravan Park just a short walk from our hotel. David charged us €15 per bike we got helmets and a lock for the bike which proved handy when we visited Ross Castle. Our Hotel booked us on the boat with a local legend called “Ducks” according to our Concierge he is the best storyteller on the Lakes of Killarney.

Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

We cycled into Killarney and found the playground where we would follow the path to the end and join the main road for a few miles before arriving at “Kate Kearney’s Cottage” an old Poitin house, like “Moonshine” if you get my drift!
From here we entered the Gap of Dunloe a Glacial Valley with a meandering path, walls of Mountains and beautiful lakes. There is a good climb by Turnpike Rock which looks like a gateway to the top. Here we found more Lakes and Bridges which brought us to what’s known as the “Head of the Gap” the highest point of the trip. Now we were looking down into Black Valley and descend slowly enjoying the Views and pass a small Village with fields with stone walls.
There is a sign for Lord Brandon’s Cottage and down that road, you must stop and look back, it has to be the best backdrop on all the sites we have seen in Ireland. A beautiful view with high mountain peaks and beautiful colours before we come across multiple arched bridges down by the Cottage. We had Coffee and fresh Sandwiches in this beautiful location, this was our first sighting of the legend that is “Ducks” he carried our bikes to the Boat and spoke in a dialect you could only imagine in a supernatural Movie. It was a gentle but profound speech as if it was from many years past, never before had we heard such a voice, it was Irish Bliss for us.

Lord Brandons Cottege killarney

Lord Brandon’s Cottage Killarney

We had never heard of the Teezze Weezees, but for those of you who don’t know about them “Ducks” meets them all the time and has great stories to tell about these strange creatures among many other things of great interest. I will not take from your experience by telling you too much but all I can say you will not be disappointed.
There were two White Tailed Sea Eagles flying over ironically what’s known as the Eagles Nest, passed the Meeting of the Waters, Dinis Cottage, another two bridges and back into the big Lake.
We had a good time on the Lakes of Killarney where there is an Old Abbey and Monastery where the High King of Ireland was educated by Monks over 1,000 years ago. The panoramas on the Lakes are unreal, Devil’s Punchbowl, Torc Mountain, Purple Mountain, Oak Woods and so much more.
Arriving at Ross Castle a striking Castle on the landscape rising high above the Lakes. It is here we depart our Boat and say farewell to “Ducks” we heard his father was a Boatman, and his Father and the many fathers before, Shir tis no wonder he has the “Gift of the Gab” and is a True Irish Legend. He told us his real name is Donal O’Donoghue and it’s no surprise Ross Castle was an O’Donoghue stronghold. He passed our bikes to us when everyone else had departed the boat and in an instant, he was gone. We still think to this day did we really meet “Ducks” or was he in our imagination, a magical experience none the less.
We visited Ross Castle before we returned our Bikes and walked back to our Hotel for a well-earned pint of Guinness and a white Wine overlooking our favourite view discussing the great day we had.ross-castle-killarney

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Wild Atlantic Way Ireland – Kerry

Wild Atlantic Way Ireland – Kerry

Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland we will look at “Kerry” in the South West.

Wild Atlantic way, Derrynane

Derrynane National park

Did you know “Kerry” in the South West has Ireland’s largest Coastline for any county in Ireland?

Did you also know Killarney has easy access to all the beautiful routes of the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry.Wild Atlantic Way Ireland - Kerry

Wild Atlantic Way Kerry Skellig Ring – Valentia

Our best experience of the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry was defiantly on the Skellig Ring and Valentia, this was mainly due to the fact we brought our bikes on there back of the car and got great advice on what to see. We didn’t think Slea Head and Dingle could be beaten but we found much more in this region. Here is why we loved it so much, firstly I much compliment the maps given to us in our hotel and the advice given to us knowing we had our own bikes.  We drove the traditional Ring of Kerry, Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen and then on to Portmagee, here is where we parked our car and got our bikes ready. We cycled over the bridge to Valentia Island and took a right turn to Chapletown and onto Knightstown named after the “Knights of Kerry” here we found a great surprise, it’s an old Village which operates a ferry to Renard point which is near Cahersiveen.

Portmagee  51°53’9.30″N  /   10°21’57.48″W

I would recommend the Coffee Dock in Knightstown it has great views and a walk on the Mooring on the Marina. The Heritage Museum has all the history of the Trans-Atlantic Cable and radio station on Valentia Island. We found the Tetrapod footprints, Slate Quarry and cycled down the steep road to the Lighthouse which is quite bumpy and steep so take care. We walked our bikes back up to the road to save the legs. Passing Geokaun Mountain trail we will leave for a trip in the car we arrived next at Saint Brendan’s well and an old Pub “O’Shea’s Bar”  / “next stop New York”. The Cliffs here are dangerous so we didn’t go much further and returned to the west end of the island passing the walk to Bray Head with great views of the “Skellig’s” two Islands Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Back over the bridge and we stopped in the “Bridge bar” for the famous Seafood Chowder and a glass of Guinness.Wild Atlantic Way Ireland Geokaun

Bikes back on the back of our car and its up and over Coom and Easpaig the highest pass in Ireland and down into the steep road so drive carefully. We turned right to Glen Pier where you will find a nice view of the Skellig Islands and then on to Saint Finian’s Bay which also has views of the Skellig Islands. It’s a popular spot for Surfers but not suitable for swimming due to strong currents. To our surprise next, we came across the Skellig Chocolate factory where you get to taste all the types of chocolate they make. An ideal place to buy gifts for Family and Friends along with a very nice Coffee Shop.

Saint Finian’s Bay  51°50’46.80″N  /  10°20’8.74″W

The Road climbs gently with beautiful views of the bay and the Islands and another Island called “Puffin Island” to the right. We stopped on a few times to take lots of photographs, its such a scenic area. Ballinskelligs was our next village there is a beautiful beach and a small Castle on the Beach called McCarthy’s Castle a sister castle to the one at our Hotel.

Ballinskelligs Beach  51°49’15.25″N  /   10°16’24.02″W

Cill Rialaig Art Centre is on the right as you leave Ballinskelligs and we soon turn right for Waterville passing Reenroe beach, another beautiful beach where you can walk for miles.McCarthy's castle Ballinskelligs

At the Church coming into Waterville, we took a left to Glencar a back road recommended to us it is narrow and windy but interesting at the same time so we took a chance and enjoyed it and it eventually took us back to Killarney. You can also continue on the Ring of Kerry to Caherdaniel, Sneem and back to Killarney via Moll’s gap.

Wild Atlantic Way Kerry, Tralee – Brandon area

We started in Killarney and headed for Tralee and then on to the Blenerville Windmill, from here we took the N86 to Castlegregory. We wanted to see Rough Point on the right-hand side of Brandon Bay, a good spot to see nice Surf. We also wanted to see Brandon Point on the other side of the bay with its magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Brandon Bay. On calm days you can see Dolphins and the odd Whale from here if you are lucky and spend some time watching. The village of Brandon is small but quite interesting, as we got back to Kilcumin Beach there is a Keel of an Old Boat called the Port Yarroak which was loaded with Copper, it sunk in 1894 with no survivors. On a calm day, it looks a nice place to set Anchor bout it is well known for its big Atlantic swells.

We walked the beach at Brandon to see what was left of the Port Yarrock there is a monument to those who perished here and you can only see it in low tide. There were people surfing not far from the Keel of the Boat which sticks up like someone standing on the water. Brandon Bay is worth a visit and especially we liked Brandon point, its a bit of a trek but if you like remote scenery its worth it.

Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare and Lauragh

Heading into Waterville you should take the Coast Road by the Golf Links there are great views of Ballinskellig’s Bay, Legend has it it was here Oisín rode his white horse to Tír na nÓg (land of the youth)

Tarbert, Beal, Ballyheigue, Tralee coming soon!

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Derrynane House Caherdaniel

Derrynane House Caherdaniel

Derrynane House Caherdaniel

 

A short drive from Caherdaniel Village on the Ring of Kerry there is one of Ireland’s most beautiful National Parks at Derrynane. The House once home to the great “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell, Derrynane House and Gardens are open to visitors. This is a great stop on the Ring of Kerry to walk and enjoy the House, Coffe shop in the Courtyard and the best of all the Gardens and the Fairy trails.

  • Derrynane Beach

Kerry Blue Flag beaches

Kerry Blue Flag beaches

Derrynane Beach

Beautiful  Abbey Beach Derrynane, above left Middle Beach, top right the Long Beach Derrynane.

 

  • Derrynane House

Derrynane House

Derrynane House

Ahamore Tearooms

Ahamore Tearooms Derrynane

  • The Gardens at Derrynane

Derrynane Gardens

Derrynane Gardens

  • The Derrynane Fairy trails

Fairy Trails Derrynane

  • Ahamore Tearooms Derrynane

Fairy trail Maps at Derrynane

Fairy Trail Maps at Derrynane

At the Ahamore tearooms, you can enjoy great friendly service and food and snacks along with a fantastic selection of Ice Cream. Donate to a local charity and get a Fairy Trail Map and explore the magnificent grounds of Derrynane House and Gardens, you might even come across an ancient Stone Circle and Daniel O’Connell’s Summer Home.

 

Derrynane House opening times:

16th March to 30th September 2019

Daily 10.30 – 18.00

1st Oct to 3rd Nov
Daily 10.00 – 17.00

9th Nov – 8th Dec
Weekends only:10.00 – 16.00

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Last Admission 45 minutes before closing.

 

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Ring of Kerry Tour

Ring of Kerry Tour

 Our Experience on the “Famous Ring of Kerry” and some valuable information

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Our Family: 2 Adults and 3 Kids, (9, 12, 16) This was our first time and won’t be our last loved it and will be back many times

What can I say, the Ring of Kerry tour it is regarded to be in the Top 10 most scenic Day trip/drives in the World so went to see if would it stand up to the Mystic. We left around 10 am after a relaxing morning, breakfast a quick walk to McCarthy’s Castle just outside our window. It was a cloudy but bright day and we were so looking forward to our magical journey on the “Ring of Kerry”. Leaving Killarney we passed a beautiful Church called Saint Mary’s Cathedral and had a quick visit, we continued on to Killorglin and eventually, we stopped at the Kerry Bog Village halfway between Killorglin and Glenbeigh. The Kid’s loved it, the old “Famine” Houses people lived in in the 1800’s many of which left for the USA and Canada because of the failure of the Potato crop. There is also Bog Ponies here which the Kids could ride and there is a Pub next door called the Red Fox Inn.

Kerry Bog Village GPS :  52° 4’24.23″N    /    9°52’53.90″W 

After the Kerry Bog Village on the left, there is a magnificent backdrop of the meandering river and beautiful mountains which leads to an old bridge we will cross down the road. We arrived at Glenbeigh next to a nice village with a spectacular beach at Rossbeigh, we were told you can go horse riding and a  10Km Beach gallops here. We carried on our journey through the Ring of Kerry and around every corner there seems to be a better view.

Views of Dingle Bay    52° 2’10.06″N  /    10° 2’2.59″W 

After some windy roads with an Old Railway track on your left a high railway bridge and a Pub in the middle of nowhere called “Caitins” with views of Dingle Bay. Here we were told to stop at Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace on the left before you get to Cahersiveen and a museum in an old Police station / Barracks which was designed to be built in India only someone got the plans crossed. Beside the Old Barracks, we took the road to see two round forts and Ballycarbery Castle still standing even though blown up by Oliver Cromwell the Queen of England’s General.

Ring of Kerry Castle

Ballycarbery Castle

Ballycarbery Castle       51°56’57.72″N  /   10°15’34.26″W

After Cahersiveen we added the Skellig Ring to our day trip by taking a Car Ferry to Valentia a 10-minute crossing we even saw Dolphins and great views. The Skellig Ring is a great add-on to the Ring of Kerry and is for Cars and Mini Busses, Motor Bikes and Bicycles, it was highly recommended by our hotel and wow was it a great add-on to our day. On Valentia, we stopped at the Coffee Dock the Kids had hot Chocolate while we enjoyed a great Coffee. We also visited the Lighthouse, Tetrapod Footprints dating back 365 million years, 200 million years before Dinasaraus and a Grotto in a Slate Quarry with the most magnificent views. This is the Ireland we came to see and so interesting here on the Skellig Ring and couldn’t wait to see what comes next…

Valentia Island Lighthouse     51°55’54.78″N  /    10°19’22.77″W

On Valentia, you can make your own candles which my Kids loved and nearby there is Ireland’s most remote Pub near Saint Brendan’s well used for a Guinness Commercial with “Next stop New York” painted on the side it is not a real pub but great for a photo shoot. One of the famous Trans Atlantic Cables to New Foundland in Canada in 1866 was laid from Valentia near Bray Head, it is at the west side of the Island and has a nice walk with great views of the Skelligs, two islands out in the Atlantic ocean. One Island was inhabited by Monks since the 5th Century, recently Star Wars was filmed here.

Bray Head Valentia      51°53’9.00″N  /   10°25’28.15″W

We stopped for lunch in the Moorings / Bridge Bar just off the bridge from Valentia as recommended by the Manager in our hotel, it was Seafood Chowder for us and Kids had Scampi and chips a favourite for most Kids.

Bridge Bar Portmagee    51°53’9.03″N  /   10°21’56.55″W

We were looking forward to Saint Finian’s Bay and another view of the Skellig Islands where we were told if you call out “Up the Kingdom” local football slang at the Islands in the distance you will hear your echo return to you. Well, we did it but no echo today it was quite breezy. There is a nice surprise at the Bay when you are leaving there is a Chocolate Factory which is very interesting you can taste the chocolate and buy gifts to bring home. Make sure you see the Chocolate high heeled Shoe its a work of art, a quick note make sure your Kids behave or they will give them a Puppy and an Expresso to take away.

The Kerry Cliffs, nicer than the Cliffs of Moher ??

Be your own judge, many people prefer the Kerry Cliffs, looking out over Puffin Island, Little and Great Skellig Rocks. They are a way higher than the Cliffs of Moher, less touristy and have a safety railing which allows visitors to get that wow experience looking down 1,000 feet. It was amazing to stand over the West of Ireland and look out into the Atlantic Ocean from such a height, not to be missed.

Ring of Kerry Cliffs

Ring of Kerry Cliffs

Skellig Chocolate factory      51°50’44.65″N  /   10°19’49.25″W

Ballinskelligs next and McCarthy’s Castle at the Beach, to the left across the bay we could see Waterville, it will be our next shop. Arriving into Waterville we see old terraced houses on the left all painted different colours then a beautiful Church overlooking the Atlantic called Saint Michael’s and an interesting Museum inside with local History.

Saint Michael’s Church Waterville  51°49’41.82″N  /   10°10’25.41″W

We come across a two Statues one of a Local Football star and one of the most famous men in history “Charlie Chaplin” a regular visitor in the late 1960’s and was a great friend of Billy and Mary Huggard who ran the Butler Arms hotel. It was Billy’s son at our Hotel gave us a heads up on Charlie Chaplin whose family still visit here regularly. We spent some time in Waterville and then travelled towards Caherdaniel and a visit to Derrynane Beach.

The Drive from Waterville is just magnificent, there is an Ancient Standing Stone row on the left just a short drive from the Village, and next stop is Loher Church, it has to be the most amazing place to get married, it looks down on the Atlantic Ocean wow what a view.

Loher Church Ring of Kerry

Loher Church Ring of Kerry

Loher Church    51°48’4.86″N  /   10°10’4.70″W

Coomakesta Pass is a little further on with great views and a big car park to get out and stretch your legs. This part of the Ring of Kerry is very scenic, our Kids at this stage want to get out of the car so we headed for Derrynane House and walked the beaches to an old Abbey nearly on the sand. Derrynane House is a Museum and was the home of Daniel O’Connell “The Liberator”.

Derrynane House   51°45’48.28″N  /   10° 7’43.54″W

We found Derrynane Sea Sports and our Kids rented Kayaks and went out into a safe bay for an hour and we relaxed on the beach and took photos here it’s very picturesque there. We will bring the swimsuits and towels next time and make a day trip here and so did we, even if it is raining there are walks around Derrynane House we even found some unusual Fairylike ornaments in the Gardens and woodlands of the house. Leaving the Village of Caherdaniel my daughter noticed a Riding Stables so we took a look and we got Lucky with our expecting to be doing a trail we were offered a half-hour trail over the sand as the tide was out, perfect as a family we had a private guide, Caroline who was very interesting. This was great now the Kids finally got to do things the like the best so we were all happy now. We left Caherdaniel & Derrynane with fond memories we passed a few good scenic points on the way even Ireland’s only Beach Bar and on to see Staigue Fort which is free to view this Ancient structure. We were running late enough and had booked our evening meal in the Lakeside Bistro at our hotel for 8 pm so we made our way back to Sneem and took a short cut to Moll’s Gap and left Kenmare for our next visit. We stopped at the Leprechaun crossing at ladies view for Photographs and left Muckross House, the Abbey for the next day, we did take a look at Torc waterfall which was very nice, it was a magnificent day and we will return.

Lake Side Bistro Killarney

Lake Side Bistro Killarney

Lake Side Bistro Killarney   52° 2’19.56″N  /    9°29’59.03″W

I would just like to mention, the Lake Hotel in Killarney was recommended to me by my friend who is a travel agent and our trip To Ireland could not have been better, this Hotel and its staff made our Vacation, the information given by the Manager, the front desk and all the fun we had in the Pub and throughout the hotel. I did ask could we do a write up on the Hotel and Niall the Manager told me they were doing a web site with customers experiences on it and it would be great if we would add our Ring of Kerry experience so this was it.

Thanks again

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Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

There are many free attractions available in Killarney for visitors to enjoy here are our top 10.

1. Muckross Abbey

Situated in the National park, 1.5 Km from the Lake Hotel, 1 km from the first gate to the National park on the left after you pass the Lake Hotel on the Muckross road.

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

2. Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is situated in the Killarney National Park 6 km from the Town centre and situated on the Ring of Kerry road. It is close enough to the Lakes of Killarney yet hidden in a beautiful wooded area under Torc Mountain.

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

3. Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens has many interesting paths that lead you around to places of great beauty, a little beyond and you can explore Muckross abbey of even Torc waterfall. Parking at Muckross House might be your best option if you like walking, you get the gardens, Old Boathouse walks Dundag beach and Arthur Young’s nature trail.

Muckross gardens

Muckross Gardens

4. The Meeting of the Waters

8 km from Killarney on the N 71 Ring of Kerry road from Kenmare there is a car park, here its just over 1.2 km to the Meeting of the Waters, it is situated close to Dinis Cottage.

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

5. Ross Island & the Old Copper Mines

Dating back nearly 4,000 years Copper was being mined in Killarney on Ross Island, thankfully it can be accessed over a bridge via a pathway that will lead you to such places as the Mining Trail, Governors Rock and Library point.

Ross Island & the copper mines

Ross Island & the Copper Mines

6. Walk the Gap of Dunloe

Starting at Kate Kearney’s Cottage you can walk the Gap of Dunloe, it is a magnificent glacial valley and you can walk in as far as you like. There is day tours available more information ….

Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

7. Saint Mary’s Cathedral

8. Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney

Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney is free for Trout fishing, we recommend a pair of waders to get the maximum benefits and ask a local where it is safe to use them as the lake can get deep in many areas quickly.

9. Walk though Derrycunnihy Oak Wood

10. Killarney playground

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Ring of Kerry Private Guided Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Guided Tours

Private Guided Tours of the Ring of Kerry

 

Would you like your own personal guide for the Ring of Kerry, we can recommend locally qualified and trained drivers with the expertise and knowledge that will make your experience a magical one. Take the worry of driving and let a local expert do the driving along with sharing the rich history the Ring of Kerry has to offer.

Along with the Ring of Kerry, we also recommend the “Skellig Ring” it’s part of the Wild Atlantic Way, rich in History and second to none when it comes to scenery.

Here are just some of the advantages of having your own personal guide drive you in Ireland :

  • Pressure-free travelling someone else doing the driving.
  • You’re the boss you pick your travel times and what interests you.
  • Stop where you like on the Ring of Kerry.
  • Get good local history and interesting stories when required.
  • Go where Tour Buses cant.
  • Eat-in uniquely Irish restaurants and Bars, those unique special places where your custom is much appreciated.
  • Visit our secret places not accessible by coach tours and sometimes unknown to other visitors.
Standing Stone Row Watervilley

Standing Stones Ring of Kerry

If you are getting a Private Guide on the Ring of Kerry here are some recommendations you may ask your driver about :

# Stone Forts at Cahersiveen, # Valentia car ferry,  # Cromwell point Lighthouse, # Valentia Slate Quarry, # Ireland’s most remote Pub “next pint New York”, # Saint Brendan’s Well, # Bray Head walk, # Skellig Experience, # Portmagee, # The Kerry Cliffs, # Skellig Chocolate Factory, # McCarthy’s Castle, # Fisherman’s Bar Waterville, # Eightercua standing Stones, # Derrynane House and Fairy Huts ( Kid’s favorite), # Moll’s Gap,  # Devil’s Punchbowl bar and the McCarthy Mór Castle at the Lake Hotel.

Other popular day tours are the Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Killarney and its National parks, the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher.

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Contact us for further information at catherine@lakehotel.com    or     ashley@lakehotel.com

Derrynane National park

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Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park you can rent Bikes locally in the Town or at Flesk Caravan & Camping Park on the Muckross road near the Killarney National Park. Dave Sheehan’s bike rental is in an ideal location to access the Safe Jaunting Car / Walkway / Cycle path leading into the National Park. You can also rent bikes in Killarney from O’Sullivan Cycles and Lynes on the Muckross road.

There are many Cycling Trails in Killarney here are some great ones :

1. Cycle Muckross and Dinis Cottage

Cycling in Killarney

Cycling in Killarney

Its more or less flat, its 10 miles / 16 km and very scenic. You will pass the Magnificent Abbey that is Muckross Abbey (1448.AD), The Colleen Bawn Rock, Old Copper Mines, Brickeen Bridge, Dinis Cottage and the Meeting of the Waters. You can walk over the Old Weir Bridge its very scenic, Arbutus the Strawberry Tree grows here in abundance, when ripe it’s red otherwise you will find Yellow berries. So its back on the bikes and you will arrive at the Main road with cars and buses so be careful about 500 meters before you arrive at Torc Waterfall. After visiting Torc Waterfall you can pass the toilets and go under the little tunnel under the road and you are back in the Park with no cars or buses.

After 500 meters on the left is Dundag Beach a freshwater beach popular with locals in hot weather, next on the left is the Muckross Boathouse before you arrive at Muckross House & Gardens. After that, you are going to pass Muckross Abbey once again on the way back to the Muckross road Cycle path.

2. The Gap of Dunloe

Cycling the Gap of Dunloe

Cycling in the Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe, starts at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, heading up the gap to the Head of the Gap, on to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, hop on a Boat with Bike travel 22 KM’s to Ross Castle. or alternatively go to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Muckross House by road.

This magnificent Trip can be Booked locally at your Accommodation in Killarney.

3. Cycle to Ross Castle and the Old Copper Mines

Starting at Saint Mary’s Cathedral enter the National park through the big gates across the road, there is a beautiful Thatched Cottage called Deenagh lodge which is a tea room and serves refreshments, Pass the front door and straight down the hill until you meet a small bridge, turn right and stay on the roadway until you eventually meet another turn go right and follow the signs for Ross Castle.

At Ross Castle, you can visit the Castle, take Boat trips on the Lakes, Visit Innisfallen Island, even hire your own boat to row around the Bay of Ross. If you cycle past the Castle you will arrive at the Old Copper Mines, look out for the green water in an old mine shaft. Governors Rock and Library Point are worth a visit the pathway becomes a dirt path so care is advised. If you are lucky enough to be here in Springtime you will see an abundance of Wild Garlic and Bluebells all over Ross Island.

Cycling in Killarney

More information on Cycling in Killarney

After a great day cycling in the National park its time to relax and enjoy a relaxing meal in the Lakeside bistro overlooking a 12th Century Castle and the Lakes of Killarney. www.lakehotel.com

Free Maps of Killarney available to customers of the Lake Hotel, Why not drop in and try a “Martin Huggard” Craft Beer in our Lakeside garden and get your free Map of Killarney and on the reverse the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula with self-guided tours 😉

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

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Killarney Web Cam

Killarney Web Cam

Killarney Web Cam

 

Killarney Web cam watch out for the wildlife regularly seen with the beautiful backdrop of the Lakes of Killarney.

This Killarney webcam image should update every few seconds!

From this web cam you are looking out at the Lakes of Killarney, a 12th Century Castle, Mountains and on occasion you will see the Irish native Red Deer graze on the lawns. Our Web Cam can also be viewed at night to see our Castle under lights.
Enjoy !

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Killarney Restaurants

Killarney Restaurants

 Killarney Restaurants Lakeside Bistro

These Lakeside Killarney Restaurants are overlooking a 12th Century Castle, the Lakes of Killarney surrounded by Mountains and yet only 2 km from Killarney Town Centre. Situated in the Lake Hotel Killarney nestled in the most beautiful part of Ireland if your looking for Killarney Restaurants and a great place to eat there are two Killarney Restaurants that actually overlook the Lakes of Killarney.

Enjoy True Irish hospitality on the lakes of Killarney the Lakeside Bistro has been run by the Huggard Family for 75 years serving locals and Visitors alike. In 2015 we are introducing a Craft Beer first brewed in 1912 AD using the same traditional recipes used back in the day, we are also adding Museum type articles in the public rooms for visitors to enjoy and experience some real Irish Hospitality.

Visitor and non-residents are welcome to enjoy our unique Lakeside Location

  • Kids Menu
  • Vegetarian Menu
  • Vegan options, Gluten-free options
  • Family run, friendly staff
  • Walks on the ground
  • Wildlife can be seen from the restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Craft Beer

Lakeside Bistro 

Killarney Restaurants Lakeside

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Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Lynes of Killarney

Shopping in Killarney High Street

Shopping in Killarney High Street

There are many great shops in Killarney, we like Lynes of Killarney Children’s wear store, stockists of

Come and Shop with us in Killarney and check out the following brands, Timberland, Monnalisa, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Mayoral, DKNY, Hugo Boss, Billie Blush,  NZA, Scotch & Soda, Catimini, Steiff.

We are situated at 69 High Street Killarney on the left-hand side.

Killarney Stores

Killarney Stores

If you are shopping in Killarney why not drop in to see us,
we are a Family Run Store
and offer our customers top quality household goods and Children’s Clothes

Call us at +353 (0)64 6631146

Email: veronica@lynesofkillarney.com

www.lynesofkillarney.com

Christmas in Killarney

Christmas in Killarney

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Driving the Highlands of Kerry

Driving the Highlands of Kerry

Driving Highlands of Kerry

There are quite a few highland drives in the Kingdom of Kerry with magnificent scenery, here we take a look at the following :

Coomakista Pass

Views of Ballinskelligs Bay, Eightercua Stone row, Derrynane and Ireland’s version of “Christ the Redeemer”.

Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry


Coomanaspic Pass

Ireland’s Highest pass, Portmagee to Saint Finian’s bay and the Skellig Chocolate factory & Saint Finian’s Well.

Ballaghisheen Pass

Ballagh Oisin or Oisin’s pass and the road to Tír na nÓg the “Land of the Youth”. From Glencar to Waterville in the Heart of Kerry

Ballaghbeama Pass

High in the Kingdom of Kerry from Glencar to Molls Gap.

Ballaghbeama Pass Kerry

Conor Pass

Another stunning Mountain Pass in Kerry, waterfalls and corrie Lakes, Brandon bay to Dingle Town.

Conor Pass Dingle, County Kerry

Caherconree Pass

Caherconree : Cú Roí’s stone fort high up on the Peak, this road is a steep mountain road from Camp.

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Family Run Hotels Ireland

Family Run Hotels Ireland

Family Run Hotels Ireland

Over 100 years of Irish Hotels History!

There are still many Family Run Hotels in Ireland this is our story, Ashford Castle, Ballynahinch Castle, the Lake Hotel, Royal Valentia, Southern Hotel Caragh Lake, Butler Arms & Bayview hotels in Waterville were all once run by the Huggard family of Waterville County Kerry and was to become Ireland’s first hotel chain. (The image above is of Shivaun, Billy, Niall, Mary, Joe, Martin, Tony and Colman missing from the image Steven the youngest)

Today you can enjoy our existing family Run hotels in Killarney & Waterville still offering True Irish hospitality. The marvellous family tradition in the hotel trade is being maintained and further developed in County Kerry at the award-winning Lake Hotel in Killarney and the popular Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville which are now owned and run by third and fourth generations of Huggard’s.

History killarney hotels

History of Irish Hotels

The secret to success that has served the family so well down through the generations is the emphasis placed on quality, attention to detail, first-rate customer service, a warm welcome and a determination that all visitors to hotels run by the Huggard family become friends as well as guests.

The proud history of the family’s involvement in Ireland’s hospitality trade dates back 100 years when Martin Huggard, an enterprising farmer and fisherman, and his wife Mary Doyle, operated the 28-bedroom Bay View Hotel, overlooking the sea at Waterville, Co Kerry. They were blessed with seven children, Noel, Maud, Hilda, Billy, Cecily, Brendan and Patricia, many of whom went on to leave a hugely positive imprint on Irish tourism in general and on the hotel industry in particular.

Martin and Mary acquired the 60-bedroom Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville in 1917 and, as the years progressed, the Huggard hotel empire grew with the purchase of Caragh Lake Hotel near Killorglin, the Royal Hotel on Valentia Island, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Connemara and the landmark Ashford Castle, also in Connemara.

n 1940 the family purchased the flagship Lake Hotel, on the shores of the world famous Lakes of Killarney, which dates back to 1820 and boasts a spectacular, unrivalled location with all-encompassing views of Killarney’s world famous scenery. Hilda Huggard was actively involved in the daily running of the hotel from the day of purchase until her passing at the age of 84 in 2001.

The Lake Hotel, which has been carefully developed to become one of the finest establishments in the country, is now personally run by Tony, Colman, Niall and Joe Huggard, and it has enjoyed remarkable success, including the receipt of several national quality awards for cuisine, quality, service and hospitality.

More on Irish family run Hotels in Ireland

 Huggard History of their Family run Hotels in Ireland

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Torc Waterfall Killarney

Torc Waterfall Killarney

Torc Waterfall Killarney

A visit to Torc Waterfall is well worthwhile while visiting Killarney, it is 4.5km from Killarney on the N71 to Kenmare. Other interests in the area include the following :

The Lake Hotel

Muckross Abbey (free)

Muckross House (Gardens free)

Torc Mountain (free)

Muckross Traditional Farms

Dinis Cottage Tea Rooms

Torc Waterfall in viewed on a pathway that had many walking options you can enjoy, there are three main walking routes that can me has taken here, they are mostly well tree-lined so are ideal in wet weather, you can also climb the top of Torc Mountain where you can get an amazing view of Killarney National park. From the carpark, it’s about a 300 m walk to see the waterfall in its most spectacular form, an ideal place to take images or movies on your camera.

You can Drive to Torc Waterfall, Cycle or Walk, you can even get a Jaunting Car (horse and carriage) or the new Red Bus which stops at the Waterfall and is available from Killarney.

We recommend walking and cycling that way you get to see more of the National Park and can easily stop at the Abbey, House and gardens in Muckross.

Points of Interest :

Torc Waterfall originates from the “Devil’s Punchbowl” a Glacial lake on the top of Mangerton Mountain, it once supplied water to the town of Killarney. It flows into the Middle Lake and then on into the Lower Lake before entering the Laune River and then entering the Atlantic Ocean.

View from Torc Mountain

View from Torc Mountain

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Blasket Island Boat trip

Blasket Island Boat trip

Blasket Island Boat trip

On the 9th of September 2018, we took a trip from the Lake Hotel in Killarney to visit the Blasket Island by boat.

We have done a video here so you can see what it really is like to take on a great Adventure that is the Blasket Island Boat trip to the Island.

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Bluebells in Killarney

Bluebells in Killarney

Bluebells in Killarney

Late April and into May each year in Killarney you will see a blanket of Bluebells appear in the Killarney National Park. This is a great time to Visit Ross Island near Ross Castle and beside the main road just past the Lake Hotel on the Muckross road. You can find them throughout the park but these areas are easily accessible and a short walk.

Bluebells in Killarney National park

Along with the Bluebells, there is also a blanket of wild garlic which you can smell while walking through the Park. This time of the year the whole National park comes alive, most of the trees are showing their leaves as the Oaks are just starting to open the buds. This is a great time to visit Killarney, the longer evenings, warmer days, early sunrises with the morning call sounds from the birds.

Bluebells near the Lake Hotel in Killarney

The Red Deer are quiet, Stags are throwing their Antlers, the females are getting ready to Calf and the Rhododendron are showing buds.

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Mizen Head Lighthouse

Mizen Head Lighthouse

Mizen Head

Mizen Head Lighthouse is located on the South Western Coast of Ireland right on the “Wild Atlantic Way” on the Beara Peninsula. Take the N71 from Killarney and take a right on the R592 and then on to the R591. In my opinion, it is far more spectacular and less of a Tourist Trap than the Cliffs of Moher. You will experience a local community at work running the restaurant and the visitor centre. The views are up there with the best in Ireland.

At Mizen Head you can see :

Mizen Head Lighthouse & Bridge

Whales and Dolphins

Fastnet Lighthouse

Atlantic Seabirds

Grey Seals

The Stunning Barley Cove Beach

Also learn about:

Transatlantic cables

Irish lighthouses

Who ran the Lighthouses

What you will experience:

Locals who run the attraction are friendly

The fresh breeze from out deep in the Atlantic Ocean

Unique views of the Fastnet lighthouse the the South

On our travels back to the Lake Hotel in Killarney I visited the hidden gem that is Barley Cove Beach, the towns of Bantry and Glengarriff then stopping at Molly Gallivan’s old Famine Village. Next, it’s on through Kenmare, Molls Gap before returning to the Lake Hotel for a nice cold local beer.

I hope you enjoy the Video above on Mizen Head it will give you some idea on what you would expect, weather permitting. Mizen Head and the Kerry Cliff’s I would rate more than the Cliff’s of Moher. In my opinion its less touristy and better views and experience overall. That said if you are driving passed it would be worth a stop. Either way, I hope you enjoy your Vacation to Ireland and hope this page is useful and I can only highly recommend Mizen Head.

If you are in Killarney it takes a couple of hours through very scenic contryside to get to Mizen Head, the drive will entertain your journey and is worthwhile on its own.

Tip: If you can stay in Killarney a few days extra you will cease to live out of a suitcase and enjoy your Vacation more, save the time packing up checking in and out of your accommodation. Killarney is in the Heart of the South West and a great place to base yourself on your trip to this region.

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Ring of Kerry Tour

Ring of Kerry Tour

Ring of Kerry Tour

The Ring of Kerry, a Guided Tour. We hope you get some useful ideas here for your Ring of Kerry Day trip.

Ring of Kerry Tour

Leaving Killarney by Saint Mary’s Cathedral drive for the Killorglin road (N 72), you will pass Killarney Golf Club on your left, keep going straight on to Killorglin you will also pass Ballymalis Castle about 14 km from Killarney on the left, it is a sister Castle to Blarney Castle, Ballycarbery near Cahersiveen and Castlelough in Killarney by the Lake Hotel. You will soon arrive in Killorglin famous for Puck Fair, a Pagan festival dating back 3000 years ( Celebrated on the 10 / 11 and 12th. of August each year).

Killorglin

After Killorglin, you will also pass the Red Fox Inn and Traditional Bog Village Museum where you can see some Rural dwelling like those living in Ireland dated back in the 1800s.
Next stop is Glenbeigh, it has a beautiful beach at Rossbeigh, 3 miles of sandy beach, head back to the N 70.

Glenbeigh

Ahead the road joins the Atlantic Ocean where there is a Beautiful Ocean Vista is known as the Mountain Stage with great views of Dingle Bay, this is a good spot to stretch your legs and enjoy the view. Kells Bay is home to Kells Bay Gardens, a Sub Tropical experience and is also worth a visit a little further on.

Cahersiveen

After passing on from Kells and just before Cahersiveen at the on the left can be seen
the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell he was known as “The Liberator ”
and hero to the Irish people in the 1800’s and still to this day, nearly every town in Ireland has a statue of him of something that refers to him.

Local visitor information can be found in the Old RIC Barracks the big white tower-like building near the town centre. The Barracks was built by the English and designed for India but they got the plans mixed up, there is be an Irish Castle type designed a building in India and is still there to this present day.

In this area of the Ring of Kerry, there are two Stone Forts dating back to the 9th. Century. You can also find Ballycabbery Castle (ruin) which is said to be haunted, it was blown up by Cromwell’s Forces from the inside out, once a fortress to The McCarthy Mór who ruled Munster. If you would like to visit Ballycarbery Castle and the Stone forts of Cahergal & Leacanabuaile cross the bridge by the RIC Barracks to what’s known locally as “Over the Water”.

Valentia Island & The Skellig Ring

Leaving Caherciveen on your right-hand side you can see Valentia Island which can be accessed from Renard Pier by a Car Ferry to Knightstown and eventually exit at PORTMAGEE on a bridge. Here you have an option to do the “Skellig Ring”. The Skellig Ring is a great addition to the Ring of Kerry and we cannot recommend it enough but take note some of the roads are not suitable for Buses and only for cars and minivans.

VALENTIA was where the first Transatlantic Cable was laid to North America in 1857, more information is available in the Heritage Centre (old National School) you can also visit the Slate Quarry and the Light House amazing scenery and take a look at the Tetrapod footprints over 380 million years old. (see Map bottom of the page)

On the North road on Valentia Island there is an optional road (toll) up to Gokaun Mountain, here you can drive to the highest point on Valentia and from here you can see, West Cork to the South, The Skelligs to the Southwest. You can also see the Blasket Islands, the Dingle Peninsula to the West, and much of the Ring of Kerry to the East.

As you head to the other end of the Island turn right for Saint Brendan’s Well and the Pub used in the Guinness TV commercial with the phrase “Next Pint New York” painted on the side of it. Visit the Well but please stay away from the Cliff as the signs suggest. The Cliffs in Valentia are prone to get more freak waves than anywhere in Europe, enjoy the Well and photos besides the so-called most western Pub in Europe.

Near the Transatlantic monument up the hill, there is a car park and a nice walk up to Bray Head 2 km amazing views of the Skelligs and sea Cliffs, you can visit the Skellig Experience which is down near the bridge to Portmagee.

When you go over the bridge to Portmagee, Possibly Ireland’s most scenic fishing Village, the Bridge Bar is worth a visit or a lunch stop.

Later on, continue to do the Skellig Ring via Coomanaspig Pass the highest drivable pass in Ireland on to Saint Finians Bay home of the Skellig Chocolate factory and it’s well worth a visit. At Saint Finian’s Bay, there is a beautiful beach, here if you roar “Up the Kingdom” at the Skelligs you will hear the Echo come right back. 😉 I think you have to do it 3 times.

It’s on to Ballinskelligs after that and continues on following the signposts for Waterville.

Waterville

Heading on to Waterville turn right at the church and take the Coastal road into Waterville. Here you have a great view of the Ballinskellig’s Bay. Waterville was and is very popular with people like Charlie Chaplin, Shirley McClaine, Walt Disney, Tiger Woods, Payne Stuart and Michael Jordan, Catherine Zeta-Jones to name a few. It’s a quiet Seaside Town, yet steeped in history and has many Ancient Standing Stones, Forts and Legendary tales of days gone by. You can get your photo taken with a statue of Charlie Chaplin and more recently Kerry GAA great Micko O’Dwyer.

The Fishermans Bar & Charlies Bistro in the Butler Arms Hotel is a nice place to stop for lunch, it is here the Huggard family has welcomed some of the most famous people from all over the world for their renowned hospitality at one stage the Huggard’s employed more than half the population of Waterville form here the Bay View hotel and the Huggard’s Stores. At the end of the village along with Shooting guides & Fishing Ghillies. The walls in the Butler Arms hotel are quite interesting and if you visit Saint Michael’s Church there is local history there including the Butler’s, John Mulcahy, and the Trans Atlantic Cable.

Caherdaniel / Derrynane

Leaving Waterville you head up and over the mountains at Coomakista Pass, park here and enjoy the views,
to the north Ballinskelligs Bay and to the south Caherdaniel, Derrynane and Castle Cove, in the far distance, you can see County Cork.
If it is a nice day go to Derrynane Beach, misty or rain visit Derrynane House once home to Daniel O’Connell the Liberator and is now a museum and open to the public.

After Caherdaniel you can visit Staigue Fort ( 2500 years old ) its a left turn just before Castle Cove is also open to the public and admission is free.

Ring of Kerry Video including the Skellig Ring

 Sneem

The next town is Sneem was home of the famous Casey brothers and as “The New York Times wrote: ” The Toughest Family That Ever Lived”. Steve Casey was the undisputed world wrestling Champion for more than ten years, when wrestling was “Wrestling”, Joe Louis refused many offers from Steve Casey as he feared this Irish man who could box as well as wrestle, there is a life-size statue of Steve ( the crusher ) Casey on the left as you leave Sneem. You have to see the Hands, from the tip of his Thunb to his little Finger was 15 inches ( 38 cm ) and he could tear a telephone book apart in seconds. If you google him you will find a fascinating story worthy of a Hollywood Movie Jim Casey trained the Astronauts for NASA in Huston Texas in tub o war they remained unbeaten. Pass their teens the Caseys were never beaten in a boat race, they once challenged the World to produce a team that would beat them for $40,000 paid by Grace Kelly’s father, when the other rowers found our the times the Casey’s were achieving over a 4 mile race the crews who turned up all went home they hadn’t a chance. There is a fabulous book now available called “The Legendary Casey Brothers” with Jim Hudson and Jim Casey. A DVD is also available http://christyriordanvideos.com/documentaries/

The road for Killarney in beside the Statue of Steve Casey for Molls Gap you can also go on to Kenmare, either way you will have a good view of the Mountains of Kerry, when you get to Molls Gap and you will see lakes in the distance on your left the Black Valley and the Head of the Gap ( the Gap of Dunloe ) in the distance. At Ladies View, you can see the Lake Hotel, that white building in the distance and as you descend you can see the Three Lakes of Killarney. You will pass the Upper Lake and the Middle Lake before you get to Torc Waterfall on your right and then on to Muckross House and Gardens, well worth a visit and stretch those legs after a great day. All that is left is, back to the ” Lake Hotel ” and Shower / Bath / or relax in a Jacuzzi or head straight to the Pub. You could also use the Outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Ring of Kerry and the Killarney National Park, then a relaxing drink in the Devil’s Punchbowl Bar overlooking the Floodlit Castle and Lake, and its time for dinner in The Castlelough Restaurant our Lakeside Bistro / Pub. New in 2015 Huggard 1912 Craft Beer is now being served in our Pub.

The Lake Hotel is ideal Ring of Kerry Hotel Accommodation, situated on the Ring of Kerry and next to the Killarney National Park.

The Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel

Vacation Killarney recommend visitors take a look at our map it only gives a brief description of what’s on the Ring of Kerry but if you go to the points we mention it will open up many other points of interest.

Did you know the Ring of Kerry was recently voted in the top ten most scenic drives in the World!

Did you know Kerry has the largest Coastline

Free Ring of Kerry Map is available for Guest & Customers at the Lake Hotel

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Snow in Killarney 2018

Snow in Killarney 2018

Snow in Killarney in 2018

We had amazing snow in Killarney in 2018 and it made the scenery look even more amazing, while it was bad for local businesses it did not stop family’s making the most of activities usually only available in Alpine Europe. We have included some images and a video of our experience in the Castlelough / Muckross region of Killarney and a bit from Ballaghasheen in central Kerry.

Killarney Hotels Views

View from Killarney’s Lake hotel and the 12th Century Castle at Castlelough Killarney.

Killarney Snow Video :

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The Skellig Ring in Kerry

The Skellig Ring in Kerry

The Skellig Ring in Kerry

This magnificent region just off the Ring of Kerry route has some of the best scenery seen anywhere in Ireland and Europe. Loaded with History, Tradition, Religion, Innovation, Landmarks, pre-Christian Monuments, 385 Million-year-old footprints and add some breathtaking scenery and you get the Skellig Ring. The very picturesque Islands just off the Coast were used in the recent Star Wars movie, Skellig Michael the larger of the two which has an Old Monastery dating back to the 7th century with its spectacular Beehive Hut style structures.

McCarthy's Castle Skellig Ring

McCarthy’s Castle Ballinskelligs on the Skellig Ring

Our Top things to see on the Skellig Ring

  • Knightstown on Valentia Island via the Carferry from Renard Point, (a nice restaurant here O’Neill’s)
  • The Museum Heritage centre on the Transatlantic Cable back in 1866 the first communication with Europe and North America
  • The Valentia lighthouse at Cromwell’s Point, a narrow steep road but worth it very scenic
  • Tetrapod footprints 385,000,000 years old one of the first amphibians to walk on land, one of the oldest in the World.
  • The Slate Quarry and Grotto great views on the Lighthouse and the Atlantic ocean.
  • Saint Brendan’s well which has become popular with New York Firefighters and emergency personnel in recent years, its a shrine to Saint Brendan the patron Saint of Kerry, on the way down too the well you will pass a pub “NEXT PINT NEW YORK” it was used for a Guinness commercial as the most remote pub in Ireland, you will be surprised when you see it 😉
  • Bray Head Loop walk a must in nice weather, great to stretch the legs here and enjoy the views of the Skellig Island’s from the old spotting tower in the distance. It’s nice to get out of the car for a break from driving here is the spot. You will at least need good runners/trainers for this one and preferably a pair of walking boots.

    Bray Head Skellig ring

    Bray Head Valentia Island

  • Portmagee is a nice place for lunch there are plenty of nice establishments in the area also but we like the Bridge bar in Portmagee.
  • Coominaspic pass the highest pass in Ireland on the way to Saint Finian’s Bay
  • Saint Finian’s Bay has a holy Well besides one of the most spectacular views of the Skellig island’s with its beach. This place is very popular with Surfers however it is not great for swimming and has strong rip tides. Here you can roar “Up Kerry” at the Skellig Islands and you will hear the echo come back if you do it loud enough.
  • The Skellig Chocolate factory where you can taste before you buy and it is being made in front of you, enjoy a fresh coffee, pastries, hot chocolates for the Kids and more.
  • Bolus Head walk is a remote walk yet has amazing views of the Skellig Island’s 

    Bolus head loop walk

    Bolus Head Loop walk

  • Ballinskelligs and McCarthy’s Castle a sister castle to the one at the Lake Hotel in Killarney there is a beautiful Abbey a short walk from the Castle to the right another nice break from driving. The Priory or Abbey was settled in the 12th Century from Skellig Michael after numerous attacks from the Vikings. Ballinskelligs Abbey Skellig RingBallinskelligs Abbey (Priory)
  • Reen Rua Beach popular with Surfers, it has the remains of a petrified Oak Forrest under the sand and can be seen in certain tides and times of the year. To the right is an old derelict hotel once the dream of Billy Huggard’s from Waterville, built in the late 1960’s in its day it offered Sand Yachting, Horse Riding, Surfing, Beach Sulkies, an Outdoor Swiming Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool, Standing Stones, Beehive Huts, Games Rooms, Snooker Tables and so much more. It even had an Airstrip, the troubles in Northern Ireland in the early ’70s and the decline of the growing numbers of visitors at the time stopped.

    Reenroe Hotel Ballinskelligs

    What was the Reenroe Hotel Ballinskelligs

The Skellig Islands

Skellig Michael can be visited via local boat operators daily but must be booked well in advance, the filming of Star Wars has increased its already popularity. Be aware you may be disappointed because of bad weather or rough seas the boats will not go and it is very difficult to get another slot close to the time. It is accessible from may to September and is around €70 per person and there is the physical effort required along with some scrambling on the way to the summit which quite steep in places. Safety briefings take place at the base of the steps that lead up the 700 feet to the Monastery. There is also an option to take a boat trip around the Islands from Portmagee.

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Killarney in November

Killarney in November

Killarney in November

Visiting Killarney in November can be a great time to visit, the Autumn colours are still here and a great time to experience another side of Killarney.

    • The locals will have more time to give to visitors in our Town on top of the usual welcome.
    • The days may be shorter but the atmosphere in Bars and Restaurants improves with open fires and homely atmospheres.
    • The Hotel room rates and lower and end of season shopping can offer some great bargains.
    • The woodlands and walks are beautiful this time of the year colours, one example is the Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) in full fruit and can be seen in the National park.
    • The Native Red Deer is still fairly active and easier to see with less vegetation.
    • Lower Sunlight a photographers dream great sunrises, sunsets and midday opportunities for some great Videos and Photographs.
    • Watch the Deer and floodlit Castle from the Outdoor Hot tub at the Lake Hotel

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Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

Killarney Hotel to introduce a Craft Beer from an Old Family Recipe dating back to 1912 AD

The Huggard family at the Lake Hotel are introducing Beers like the ones made by their Grandparents during both Wars in the last Century. The Flagship Beer will be called “Martin Huggard 1912”

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

Visit the Lakeside Bistro overlooking the Lakes of Killarney www.lakehotel.com

An Irish Pale Ale worthy of his name :

Huggard Craft Beer in Killarney

Huggard Craft Beer in Killarney

 

A few things about Martin Huggard :

  • He was a hands on Entrepreneur ran a shop along with two Hotels in Waterville Co. Kerry
  • A decade later Martin and Julia Mary started Ireland’s first Hotel chain, 7 hotels in all
  • Martin supplied the Gresham Hotel in Dublin with wine during the second World war from Waterville.
  • Due to rations in hard times Martin brewed Beer regularly and was able to supply the Royal in Valentia and the Lake Hotel in Killarney
  • Martin was also a Fisherman and a Farmer but now put all his efforts into the Hotels offering traditional Hospitality and local produce.
  • The Huggard’s became Ireland’s first Hotel school with the “Huggard trained” standard which is still remembered by many in the industry today….more….

Martin Huggard’s 1912 beer is bottle conditioned, few people will be offering such a traditional and artisan way of getting beer into a bottle, and as a result the taste is so much more tasty and natural.

 

Our Brewing Process

1:   Select only the best ingredients

2:   Add a characterful master brewer (Nik ‘the hat’) and traditional brewing equipment

3:   Heat pure filtered spring water to around 70 degrees C

4:   Mix this fresh heated water with your specialist selection of malts and leave for an hour or so

5:   Drain off the malt extract (wort)

6:   Boil with our secret selection of hops for another hour or so

7:   Drain off and cool the resulting crafted wort into a fermenter

8:   Add our strain of yeast and let the magic begin

Killarney beer

Killarney beer

Now serving Draught (from the tap) in the Devil’s Punchbowl Bar at the Lake Hotel

For non Beer drinkers

For non Beer drinkers 🙂 try a “Lakeside Dream” overlooking the Lakes of Killarney.

 

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Torc Mountain Killarney

Torc Mountain Killarney

Torc Mountain Killarney

 

There is a great walking trail on Torc Mountain that you can climb to the summit via Railway sleepers and stone steps. The views at the top are amazing as you can see on the video below, You can start at Torc Waterfall or an easier option is to start at the Upper Car park on the Queens drive which is the next left after the entrance to Muckross House.

 

Torc Mountain Killarney from Vacation Killarney on Vimeo.

 

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EV charging points in Killarney

EV charging points in Killarney

EV charging points in Killarney / Kerry

The Lake Hotel Killarney has just added 4 EV Charging points for customers of the Hotel. The hotel has 4 allocated charging station available for Electric Cars since July 2018.

Garo LS4 Type 2 EV Charging ports with 7.4 kW 32A allow customers the added confidence to travel to Killarney and have access to these EV charging options. It takes the worry of charging out of the equation and lets you get on with enjoying your travels.
 

Contact the Lake Hotel Muckross Road Killarney web site: https://www.lakehotelkillarney.ie/

Recommended Day trips for EV Car users:

Depending on your range from Killarney.

Ring of Kerry

  • The Ring of Kerry 180 km, the Skellig Ring optional 33km extra

Charging options on the Ring of Kerry: Two Type-2 AC Socket 22kw available in Killorglin Lat/Long: 52.107344,-9.786073 Google Map

Two Type-2 AC Socket 22kW in Cahersiveen Lat/Long: 51.946705,-10.227204 Google Map

Two Type-2 AC Socket 22kW in Sneem Lat/Long: 51.839336,-9.901316 Google Map

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Dingle Peninsula drive

  • The Dingle Peninsula 180 km

Dingle town, Type-2 AC Socket 22kW Lat/Long: 52.139518,-10.278791 Google Map

Tralee Type-2 AC Socket 22kW Lat/Long: 52.260883,-9.714192 Google Map

As we go on into 2019 we should seem more EV ports added in Kerry as the popularity of EV Cars grows in Ireland.

Looking forward to a Greener Ireland and growing numbers of EV cars in the World.

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MacGillycuddy’s Reeks & Corrán Tuathail

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks & Corrán Tuathail

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks & Corrán Tuathail

A day in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks you will experience the best climbing in Ireland, you can also climb Ireland’s highest Mountain “Corrán Tuathail”. There are many options and routes you can use but it is best to travel with someone who has experience or use one of many available guides.

Pat Falvey who has been on the top of Everest twice and now lives in Kerry

Con Moriarty “the Mountain Man” Kerry’s greatest when it comes to climbing Mountains has travelled all over the World but was born and bred in the MacGillycuddys Reeks has all the Folklore and History associated with Kerry.

Piaras Kelly of KerryClimbing is listed as #1 Outdoor activity in Killarney on Trip Advisor

At Cronin’s Yard, you can also book a Guide in advance to take you to the top of Corrán Tuathail.

Accommodation in Kerry we recommend the Lake Hotel Killarney overlooking the Mountains in Killarney, Lakeside Bistro, Outdoor Hot Tub, 12th-century Floodlit Castle and is Family run.

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Skellig Michael World UNESCO Site

Skellig Michael World UNESCO Site

Skellig Michael is a World UNESCO Heritage Site

June 2014

I and My partner visited the UNESCO site of the coast of Kerry known as “Skellig Michael” we were staying in the Lake Hotel in Killarney and it was recommended to us by a staff member.  So we got up around 7.30am got our cameras and gear ready had a stroll to the Castle on the grounds before a big breakfast and collected our packed lunch for later. We travelled by Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen and on the Portmagee where we met our Captain Mr Joe Roddy seemingly a local legend. Joe took us safely to Skellig on a journey that took roughly 40 minutes, as it happens Joe was a famous Surfer, Ireland’s first Surfer and also represented Ireland in the Spearfishing Olympics in Cuba.

After landing at Blind man’s Cove on Skellig Michael, we followed the path to a turn near the Light House, here we got a safety briefing on the dangers on the Rock. It’s a strenuous climb up the rock with over 800 steps.  Basically, you are out in the Atlantic Ocean and the views are magnificent, you can see little Skellig and the Mainland. There were Dolphins passing and Puffins everywhere along with many other Sea Birds. This is a magnificent place but the best was to come, we reached the top wow, Ancient Monastic beehive Huts, Old burial grounds, Crosses and old pathways. This is, without doubt, the most spiritual place I have ever been, it’s just amazing, I have taken so many photos.

Safety Notice

Visiting Skellig Michael

The seas can be rough and the weather unpredictable. Visitors should wear warm clothing and carry waterproofs. Visitors should also wear appropriate footwear for the climb as the steps can be slippery, particularly in wet weather. There are no toilets on the island and travellers should be aware that the trip in its entirety can last up to 4 and a half hours. Visitors are advised to bring food and drink with them. Visitors are asked not to leave any trace of their visit on the island and to bring back any litter to the mainland where it should be disposed of responsibly.

Visiting the Hermitage on the South Peak is discourages as those without climbing experience could get into difficulties.

Skellig Michael Ireland

Skellig Michael Ireland

Health and Safety

Skellig Michael is a precipitous rock and there are over 600 steps on the ascent to the monastery. Any person with health issues should consider carefully before visiting the site. Visitors are requested to give serious consideration before deciding to bring small children to the island. If young children are brought they should be under strict supervision at all times. For safety reasons, and to minimise disturbance and damage to seabirds breeding habitats, visitors must remain on recognised visitor routes while on the island. In order to protect the wildlife, dogs are prohibited from the island. Visitors should comply with all Safety notices on the Island.

Skellig Michael Kerry

Skellig Michael Kerry

As you can see you have to have a reasonable head for heights for Skellig Michael, it is a magnificent experience for those who get to see it.

Puffin on Skelligs Ireland

Puffin on Skelligs Ireland

Puffins can be seen on Skelligs from April to the very start of August each year.

Skellig Michael World UNESCO site

Skellig Michael World UNESCO site

Little Skelligs Kerry

Little Skellig Kerry

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Stone Circles in Kerry

Stone Circles in Kerry

Stone Circles in Kerry

One of the most spectacular Stone Circles in Kerry is in Uragh close to Lough Inchiquin just off the road to Gleninchaquin with its amazing walks and Waterfalls.

Uragh Inchiquin Stone Circle Kerry

Uragh Inchiquin Stone Circle Kerry

This Stone circle is situated between two lakes Inchiquin and Cloonee, the main stone is over 3 meters high, this is a very spiritual place and a photographers dream. I was on a flying visit but would lile to see a Sunrise or Sunset here, the road in is fairly narrow and there is a charge of €2 per adult by the landowner which is fair enough. There is plenty of parking just remember to close the gate after you, there is also an old Famine cottage here.

Stone Circle sign

Stone Circle sign

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Honeymoon in Ireland

Honeymoon in Ireland

Honeymoon in Ireland

What as Great Place to spend your Honeymoon in Ireland, stay by the Killarney Lakes, great romantic walks, a romantic setting friendly locals and the best scenery in Ireland and having your Honeymoon in Kerry.

On your Honeymoon in Ireland here are 10 great things to do in Kerry on your Honeymoon

  1. Nothing. Just relax enjoy your Honeymoon in Ireland you could try the Outdoor Hot Tub at the Lake Hotel in Killarney.
  2. Romantic walk to Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and Gardens.
  3. Drive to Slea Head picnic at Coumenole beach and walk to Dunmore head Ogham Stone and possible views of Dolphins and Whales.
  4. Drive to Glengarriff and visit Garnish Island by boat to see the Italian Gardens.
  5. Take an Adventurous Boat trip To Skellig Michael.
  6. Take the Gap of Dunloe all-in Tour.
  7. Relax around the Grounds of the Lake Hotel, maybe a Massage in the Treatments room.
  8. Today is the day, its Horse Riding, or a Surfing Lesson in Inch.
  9. When you thought it couldn’t get any tougher it’s Ireland’s Highest Mountain (Guided).
  10. Tonight is Candlelit dinner overlooking the Lakes of Killarney and remembering all the magnificent experiences you had in The Kingdom of Kerry and the Lake Hotel.

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Honeymoon in Ireland

Dining in the most magnificent settings, Castles, Lakes, Mountains and welcoming locals will make your Honeymoon in Ireland something special.

Honeymoon in Ireland.

Honeymoon in Ireland

Spending time in the most beautiful places in Ireland making your Honeymoon in Ireland something special with memories that will last forever.

The Lake Hotel Restaurant

The Lake Hotel Restaurant

Check out some of our honeymoon Special offers in Killarney

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Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Ring of Kerry “Wrong way around”

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in August is hosted by the Killarney Cycling Festival http://killarneycyclingfestival.com/ it is done in reverse. You have two choices both go the opposite way to the traditional Ring of Kerry Cycle which has been going for nearly 30 years now. http://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/

One is called the Wrong Way Around (160km) in reverse leaving out Kenmare (Moll’s Gap to Sneem) the other is the Hard way Around, for the challenge I tried the Hard one.

Ring of Kerry Cycle “The Hard Way Around”

Ring of Kerry Cycle

Ring of Kerry Cycle

This is what we met when we turned off the “wrong way around” Ring of Kerry Cycle, there was only 3 of us out of a couple of hundred so we were wondering if there something we don’t know. Two of us were from Kerry so we knew the roads and what lay ahead it was going to be Tough.

Cycling up Moll’s Gap was easy, Ballaghbeama was a bit harder for a short time but Ballaghasheen was very tough it took every effort to stay going to the top. The next part was going to be a long slog, 20km straight into the prevailing Atlantic winds, it was like cycling into a wind tunnel, it seemed to go on forever. Eventually, we met the cyclists from the 160km wrong way around at a food stop. We were very well catered for, Tea, Sandwiches, pasta salad, water and bananas.

I was looking forward to the next part but knew it was going to be so tough, the highest pass in Ireland in a short distance, this means only one thing “STEEP” Very steep, it is tough to drive in places. Before that, we would pass Reenroe, Dungeagan and Ballinskelligs and continue on the “Skellig Ring” to Saint Finian’s Bay, no time for the Skellig Chocolate factory today. Wow, it has to be some of the Best scenery in Kerry if not in Ireland, watch the video.

Coomanaspic Pass next and every effort I have as a very part-time cyclist will be needed to get to the summit, it is narrow and very steep especially on some of the hairpin bends which are hard to navigate especially if you have to stay left and tight to the ditch. Oncoming cars and passing cars can push you tight to even steeper turns and makes the climb much more difficult. That said we got a reasonable run with only a handful of cars and did make it to the top without having to dismount, that said it took huge mental discipline of a personal nature for me to get to the top as my arms, legs, breathing and probably my heart were all is stress mode for a good 15 minutes, felt like hours !!

It was a great sense of achievement to get to the top, it was climb number four and the toughest by far and the views were amazing nearly worth the pain to get to the top. After that, it was to Cahersiveen, the Mountain Stage, Killorglin and back to Killarney. The winds we fought for much of the Cycle were now behind us so it was a handy return to Killarney. Wow the Ring of Kerry the “Hard Way Around” is a great challenge and I would recommend it to anyone who interested in achieving something other than the usual yet beautiful Ring of Kerry, it will give you memories grater then anything before on a bike.

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Traditional Music in Killarney

Traditional Music in Killarney

Traditional Music in Killarney

Overlooking the 12th Century MacCarthy mór floodlit Castle on the grounds, the Devil’s Punchbowl bar is situated in the Historic Lake Hotel in Killarney. Renowned the World over for its true Irish Hospitality. There are music 4 days a week in the Summer season, call us for more information on 003536631035

Or visit our Web Site: Lake Hotel Killarney

Killarney Pubs

Killarney BarWhiskey tasting in Killarney

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Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Travelling the Ring of Kerry from Kenmare / Sneen ( N71) to Killarney there is a mysterious building near Ladies View Image above. It is an Old Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, built to protect the interests of the local Landlords and stop poaching on the Kenmare Estate.

Derrycunnihy Waterfall

Derrycunnihy Waterfall

Nearby Derrycunnihy has one large and one smaller (left) beautiful Waterfalls

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